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Peter Kern Library

407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2112
+1 865-521-0050
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Hidden speakeasy

The Peter Kern Library is an awesome speakeasy located in the Oliver Hotel. It is behind a hidden... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Knoxville, Tennessee
via mobile

Came from the alley into a cozy space decorated as a library. Excellent service by a knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Chapin, South Carolina
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  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“red light” (14 reviews)
“oliver hotel” (9 reviews)
“speak easy” (5 reviews)
407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2112
+1 865-521-0050
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

The Peter Kern Library is an awesome speakeasy located in the Oliver Hotel. It is behind a hidden door off the lobby of the hotel. If you are a guest, which we were, you can enter through there. If not, there is an unmarked door...More

Thank birkibeach
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Came from the alley into a cozy space decorated as a library. Excellent service by a knowledgeable staff with an interesting selection of craft cocktails. A bit pricy but definitely a treat.

Thank Roger1154
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This is a gem of a place just off Market Square. You can enter through the Oliver Royale, but it's more fun to go via the alleyway around the corner. The drinks here are really outstanding. It's a classy joint, and I'm sure the ingredients...More

Thank RamblingEconomist
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Perfect place to grab a drink and people watch before dinner at the Oliver Royal restaurant, with a nice small speak-easy vibe.

Thank Kristi G
Reviewed 9 June 2017

My co-worker took me to this place. He raved about the rye drinks they offer here. The location of the bar is in the Oliver access behind a rolling wall or in the alley by the red light. The place is dark wood and softly...More

Thank Carol D
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Great drink menu. Excellent service. Neat atmosphere. Right in the heart of Knoxville. Enjoyed a cozy evening with friends trying new drinks with good suggestions from server and bartender. We went on a Monday evening around 8. It was not very crowded but was starting...More

Thank S M
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Small...cozy...quaint...intimate! Enjoyed drinks to end the evening! Staff is excellent - friendly and helpful!

Thank AngCrab
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Also recommended by folks on the plane. Easy to find, despite its hidden status and it was pretty busy inside. I was a bit disappointed atmosphere wise- too bright and loud. They need to darken the ceiling and get rid of the pop music. It...More

Thank valzebub
Reviewed 15 January 2017

You open an unmarked sliding door in the Oliver Hotel, or look for the red light above an unmarked door down a back alley, and you are in the Peter Kern "Library". It is small and cozy, drinks are well made and pricy. A great...More

Thank TjttTraveller
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed an evening in Market Square that ended at the Library. Took work colleagues from Alabama for a drink to end our evening. Service was excellent and you can't beat the atmosphere. Nice place to have conversation and relax with friends. Drinks were delicious and...More

Thank Kim B
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17 June 2016|
Response from centaur41 | Reviewed this property |
About 4PM ... shortly before our grand-daughter's dance recital nearby